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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Wednesday 16 December 1998

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 16 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on  Wednesday 16 December, of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order of Business.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer from Thursday 17 December, see Part 2 of this Paper.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER
1  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many farmers in England and Wales have been declared bankrupt since 1st January.
(64294)
2  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will list the occasions in the last 10 years when a guarantee offered by a third country with regard to compliance with Community rules regarding the importation of fresh meat or meat products subsequently proved ineffective.
(64285)
3  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps he is taking to control the costs of Meat Hygiene Service inspections.
(64284)
4  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what powers the EU has under existing bilateral and multilateral trade agreements to enforce harmonised community rules in third countries.
(64282)
5  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons he has not abated the standard charge for Meat Hygiene Service services to abattoirs as provided for in the Council Directive 85/73/EEC (as amended).
(64283)
6  
  
Mr David Heath (Somerton and Frome):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what assessment he has made of the risk of import of Kashmir Bee virus through infected bee packages from New Zealand.
(64250)
7  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what the legal basis in international law is for Britain to encourage opposition groups to overthrow the government of Iraq.
(62660)
8  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask Mr Attorney General, what the legal basis in international law is for the possible bombing campaign against Iraq.
(62661)
9  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the organisations in England involved in reviewing world heritage site nominations as a result of the Government's recent consultation.
(64423)
10  
  
Mr Matthew Taylor (Truro and St Austell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what date he intends to reply to the letters sent to him by Greenpeace on 15th July, 1st September and 30th October asking him to take action to protect St Kilda World Heritage Site from the threat of offshore oil development.
(64290)
11  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the breakdown of expenditure under the Defence Military Assistance Fund in each of the last three years.
(63864)
12  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role the Defence Export Sales Organisation have in co-ordinating defence sales promotions with the Defence Military Assistance Fund.
(63862)
13  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the budget is for the Defence Diplomacy Mission.
(63863)
14  
N  
Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Christmas season entertainment he is arranging for the troops in Bosnia.
(63909)
15  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women are currently serving in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Airforce and (iii) Royal Navy.
(64391)
16  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flights have been made by the RAF in the air exclusion zones in North and South Iraq since this military operation commenced.
(64295)
17  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conclusions his Department has drawn from the consequences of the explosion at Bhopal as regards the results of bombing chemical and biological weapons facilities.
(62662)
18  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the likely target accuracy in possible bombing campaigns in Iraq.
(62656)
19  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to ensure the safety of those with diplomatic status in Baghdad in the event of a bombing campaign.
(62657)
20  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what ways British forces are currently involved in initiatives around the world to reduce the risk of injury from land mines.
(64460)
21  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the recruitment totals from 1990 to the present for each TA centre in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.
(64464)
22  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the (a) average, (b) longest and (c) shortest time taken by each LEA in England and Wales to produce statements of special educational need in 1997-98.
(64246)
23  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the factors which make women more likely to be transferred to other benefits while on the New Deal than men.
(63715)
24  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans he has to improve the musical education of school children.
(63710)
25  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what steps he has taken to encourage more women to join the New Deal.
(63714)
26  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what assessment he has made of the arrangements for encouraging women to take up subsidised work under the New Deal.
(63716)
27  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many people have entered the New Deal Gateway in the Rushmoor Borough Council area since its inception; and how many took up each New Deal option.
(64255)
28  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 7th December, Official Report, column 82, on the New Deal in Portsmouth, if the figure for clients who secured unsubsidised jobs is included in the total figure of those who entered the Gateway; and what were the destinations for the people not accounted for under the four options.
(64260)
29  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when the working group on reducing bureaucracy was established; what are its terms of reference; who are its members; and when it is expected to report.
(63960)
30  
N  
Mr David Willetts (Havant):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many communications were sent by his Department to (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) local education authorities in each month of 1998 for which details are available; and if he will list them specifying the subjects they covered.
(63961)
31  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to amend Part XI of the Housing Act 1985 to remove hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation previously converted from a house which was once occupied by a single household from being categorised as houses in multiple occupation following the recent decision by the Court of Appeal on the Living Waters Conference Centre, Conwy; and if he will make a statement.
(64299)
32  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he has given his approval of funding towards the Quayside Guided Bus Transit System in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne; and if he will make a statement.
(64424)
33  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of private rented accommodation which is let by landlords or agents who are not members of landlords' or agents' associations.
(64248)
34  
  
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the importance of Eurostar regional services to the economy of the North West; and if he will make a statement.
(64280)
35  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he proposes to respond to the consultation process on access to the open countryside in England and Wales.
(64298)
36  
  
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, at how many locations on the M6 there were roadworks between 10th and 11th December.
(64297)
37  
  
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on planning guidelines in respect of applications to build houses close to overhead power lines.
(64288)
38  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what information his Department collects on (a) the numbers of those directly employed through the SRB programme and (b) the proportion of those directly employed who are in occupational pension schemes or receive personal pension contributions.
(64393)
39  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on pensions for staff directly employed by the Single Regeneration Budget programme.
(64394)
40  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what restrictions are placed on bodies receiving SRB funding who employ people directly from offering occupational pension schemes or contributions to personal pensions from the SRB programme.
(64392)
41  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the implementation milestones with their dates for the introduction of the online tax records information system; and to what extent these have been achieved to date.
(64418)
42  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if it is the policy of the Inland Revenue to enforce retirement of its staff at age 60 years.
(64414)
43  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is planned to be spent up to 1st April 1999 on the online tax records and information system and its related computer installation; and how much has been planned for the next three year period.
(64416)
44  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to encourage the availability of business start-up loans for people from social classes D and E.
(63907)
45  
  
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to make the lump sum element of a pension taxable.
(64251)
46  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to publish the draft provisions on collective investment schemes to be included in the Financial Markets and Services Bill; and what opportunity there will be for interested parties to comment on the proposed regulations.
(64291)
47  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what tax reliefs are currently available for companies giving money to universities and colleges.
(63858)
48  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made on agreeing international debt relief since the G8 summit in Birmingham last May.
(62751)
49  
N  
Mr Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has taken to the World Bank, as a member of its board, to provide protection for developing countries from financial speculators.
(62768)
50  
  
Mr David Atkinson (Bournemouth East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate how many Kuwaiti (a) missing persons and (b) prisoners of war remain in Iraq following the Gulf War; and if he will make a statement on progress on their return, or the return of their remains where appropriate, listing the action taken by (i) Her Majesty's Government and (ii) other governments.
(64399)
51  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultations he has held with EU ministers over the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan in Italy.
(63861)
52  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Turkey.
(63896)
53  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of active landmines which are buried in the (a) Republic of Cyprus and (b) occupied area of Northern Cyprus.
(64296)
54  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the governments of Kenya and Tanzania on providing assistance to them following the recent bomb attacks.
(64293)
55  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what occasions British prime ministers have visited (a) Poland, (b) Hungary, (c) the Czech Republic, (d) Slovenia and (e) Estonia in the last 10 years.
(63562)
56  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received from United Kingdom embassies about the numbers and occasions of visits of heads of government of other EU countries to (a) Poland, (b) Hungary, (c) the Czech Republic, (d) Slovenia and (e) Estonia since each of these countries submitted their formal applications for membership of the EU.
(63561)
57  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 9th December, Official Report, columns 201-2, on Investing in Dentistry, if he will list for each health authority area (a) the number of applications received, and (b) the gross funding awarded; and if he will make a statement.
(64262)
58  
  
Jackie Ballard (Taunton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he plans to disburse the balance of funds available under Investing in Dentistry by the end of the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.
(64249)
59  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to create a nursing position which would provide a link between doctor, community and hospital in the treatment of cancer patients.
(63712)
60  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the amount of public information available on cancer.
(63713)
61  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is his planned timescale for (a) making decisions on the recommendations contained in Lord Justice Atton's report on medical negligence and (b) putting forward proposals for reducing litigation in the NHS.
(62672)
62  
  
Mr Geraint Davies (Croydon Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been removed from general practitioners' lists in each health authority in each of the last five years.
(64247)
63  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 458, what was the outcome of the independent evaluation of NHS complaints procedures; and in what ways he is promoting good practice in this respect.
(64484)
64  
N  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce maximum working times for NHS consultants.
(63258)
65  
N  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will introduce mechanisms for monitoring the amount of time consultants spend in private practice; and if he will review the current contracts between NHS trusts and NHS consultants.
(63260)
66  
N  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set up an inquiry into the impact of private medical practice on NHS waiting lists under the terms recommended by the Health Committee.
(63259)
67  
  
Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters he has received since 1st May 1997 (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to lowering the age of consent for homosexual acts to 16 years; and how many replies have been sent in a standard form.
(64279)
68  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with police forces about domestic violence; and what plans he has to ensure better police protection for women threatened by domestic violence.
(63906)
69  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of (a) Albania, (b) Hungary, (c) Macedonia, (d) Romania and (e) Slovenia have sought political asylum in the United Kingdom in the last three months; how many applications have been accepted; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last three years.
(64240)
70  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to (i) Devon County Council and (ii) Plymouth City Council of maintaining illegal immigrants from Plymouth Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64258)
71  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of Slovakia are currently being detained in the UK as illegal immigrants; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last three years.
(64256)
72  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants at Dover Ferry Port have been refused entry and removed from the UK within seven days of arrival in each of the last 12 months.
(64253)
73  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to (a) Hampshire County Council and (b) Portsmouth City Council of maintaining illegal immigrants from Portsmouth Ferry Port in each of the last three years.
(64259)
74  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who arrived at (a) Dover, (b) Harwich, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Newhaven are currently being detained; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last six months.
(64238)
75  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of (a) Albania, (b) Bulgaria, (c) Hungary, (d) Macedonia and (e) Romania are currently being detained in the United Kingdom as illegal immigrants; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last three years.
(64241)
76  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants at Harwich Ferry Port have been granted political asylum in each of the last 12 months.
(64252)
77  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many citizens of the former Yugoslavia have sought political asylum in the UK in the last three months; how many applications have been accepted; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last three years.
(64257)
78  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants at (a) Newhaven, (b) Plymouth, (c) Poole and (d) Portsmouth ferry ports have been granted political asylum in each of the last 12 months.
(64237)
79  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants who arrived at Poole Ferry Port are currently being detained; and what were the equivalent figures for each of the last six months.
(64254)
80  
N  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants at (a) Portsmouth, (b) Newhaven, (c) Harwich and (d) Plymouth ferry ports have been refused entry and removed from the United Kingdom within seven days of arrival in each of the last 12 months.
(64239)
81  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners have embarked on a hunger strike in each year since 1987; and how many (a) died and (b) gave up but suffered permanent damage to their health.
(64261)
82  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the current level of financial assistance the Government is providing to the Palestinians.
(63860)
83  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list (a) by project and (b) by country, the maternal health projects her Department supports.
(64173)
84  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the projects that her Department is supporting in Colombia.
(64181)
85  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget is allocated to improving maternal health in developing countries.
(64177)
86  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to support the development of the hemp industry into the production of industrial fibre.
(64175)
87  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make a statement on progress made on establishing an HIV/AIDS vaccine purchase fund.
(64183)
88  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the governments of G8 countries to support the International Aids Vaccine Initiative.
(64179)
89  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget is allocated to HIV and AIDS projects.
(64174)
90  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has made to the World Bank to increase support for HIV/AIDS vaccine development.
(64182)
91  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on the situation of street children in Colombia.
(64178)
92  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of her Department's budget is spent on education projects.
(64172)
93  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the companies which have agreed to join the Ethical Trading Initiative.
(64176)
94  
N  
Dr Jenny Tonge (Richmond Park):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list (a) by project and (b) by country the (i) HIV and AIDS and (ii) education projects her Department supports.
(64180)
95  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the organistations in Northern Ireland involved in reviewing world heritage site nominations as a result of the Government's recent consultation.
(64398)
96  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to provide data on Northern Ireland Government and local authority accounts consistent with the National Accounting Convention.
(63972)
97  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what categories of data are used in gathering information concerning export surveys from Northern Ireland; how the data is collected; and what part the NIERC plays in the gathering of such information.
(63962)
98  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the parties which have access to the data for Northern Ireland Regional Accounts on a confidential basis, before the data is published in Regional Trends; and on what criteria such parties are chosen.
(63970)
99  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the studies carried out by DED of Northern Ireland's competitive advantages in attracting inward investment; and if she will place copies in the Library.
(63963)
100  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will publish for each year since 1990 the number of contracts entered into by her Department and Northern Ireland Government departments and agencies with outside agencies and consultancy firms for the investigation of economic policy matters, indicating the subject matter of each inquiry and the date the report was (a) completed and (b) published, the name of the consultancy firm or outside agency involved and the cost of each contract; and how many contracts in each year went out to tender.
(63978)
101  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how long the period is between completion of the collection of Northern Ireland Annual Census of Production data and its publication by the National Statistics Office in its annual Business Monitor.
(63966)
102  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to what extent the outflow of the profits of externally-owned manufacturing companies is taken into account when evaluating the size of grants and subsidies to be given to companies to encourage them to locate in Northern Ireland.
(63975)
103  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will list the parties which have access to Annual Census of Production data on a confidential basis before the data are published by the National Statistics Office; and on what criteria such organisations are chosen.
(63967)
104  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to provide provisional estimates of the main macro-sectoral aggregates in the intervals between the publication of regional accounts in order to facilitate planning by the public and private sector.
(63976)
105  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons the analysis of export behaviour by size of firm was discontinued after the first export survey of 1990; and if she will carry out a retrospective analysis of export data for the period 1990-97.
(63964)
106  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to reformulate the Northern Ireland regional account in line with EUROSTAT standards.
(63971)
107  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will introduce local publication of the Annual Census for Production in Northern Ireland, following the establishment of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and what were the reasons for the discontinuation of local publication.
(63965)
108  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the effect on data for Northern Ireland GDP of manufacturing company profit outflows; and what estimate she has made of the size of such outflows.
(63973)
109  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what studies her Department has undertaken of the economic consequences of profit outflows for the economy of Northern Ireland.
(63974)
110  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if data collected in Northern Ireland for the Annual Census of Production are available on a sub-regional basis.
(63968)
111  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to publish short-term and medium-term forecasts of the Northern Ireland economy to assist the private sector in its economic and forward investment planning.
(63977)
112  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Northern Ireland departments are responsible for the preparation of the Northern Ireland Regional Accounts; and what is the length of the period between the collection and completion of such accounts and their eventual publication by the National Statistics Office in Regional Trends.
(63969)
113  
  
Mr Donald Anderson (Swansea East):    To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters he has received since 2nd May 1997 (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to lowering the age of consent for homosexual acts to 16 years; and how many replies have been sent in a standard form.
(64278)
114  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the political consequences in Iraq of removing Saddam Hussein from power, with particular reference to possible fragmentation.
(62658)
115  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of a bombing campaign in Iraq on the strength of Saddam Hussein's support in (a) Iraq, (b) the rest of the Arab world and (c) the rest of the Islamic world.
(62659)
116  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the reasons for the length of time so far taken by UNSCOM to fulfil its mission.
(62663)
117  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the current officials of UNSCOM, indicating their (a) nationality, (b) salaries and (c) dates of appointment.
(62664)
118  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what steps the Government will take to ensure that documents requested by UNSCOM exist before using the Iraqi Government's refusal to provide them as the reason for a military attack.
(62665)
119  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the observations by Mr Denis Halliday, the UN's former humanitarian co-ordinator, in Middle East International on 13th November, concerning the deaths of children as a result of the UN sanctions against Iraq.
(62668)
120  
  
Mr Terry Davis (Birmingham, Hodge Hill):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the latest Information Bulletin on the activities of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of Western European Union covering the period May to September.
(64281)
121  
N  
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth and Horncastle):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th December.
(63664)
122  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will state the percentage of low birthweight live births in each Scottish health board area broken down by (a) single and (b) all live births for the last three years.
(64425)
123  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many trees have been planted in England and Wales on Forestry Commission land in each of the last three years.
(64292)
124  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the suitability of procurators fiscal with qualifications as solicitor-advocate (a) to be advocate deputes and (b) to prosecute in the High Court.
(62670)
125  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a statement on the relative costs of using (a) members of the Faculty of Advocates and (b) procurators fiscal qualified as solicitor-advocates, as advocate deputes.
(62671)
126  
N  
Maria Fyfe (Glasgow, Maryhill):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the companies which to date have been offered additional grant if they employ residents of assisted areas under the RSA Priority Initiative launched on 22nd May.
(63908)
127  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the proposed identity card scheme for young people announced by Health and Home Department ministers will operate in Scotland.
(63857)
128  
N  
Mr Donald Gorrie (Edinburgh West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, which categories of properties, which are not owned or operated by recognised charities or other non-profit making bodies, benefit from relief on their water or sewerage rates; and what figures he has for the number of properties concerned and the amount of the relief afforded them.
(63859)
129  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his timetable is for making further orders to give effect to local authority ward boundary changes following the recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.
(64035)
130  
N  
Mr James Wallace (Orkney and Shetland):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in respect of which local authority areas in Scotland he has made orders to give effect to ward boundary changes following the recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.
(64034)
131  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the implementation milestones with their dates for the online national insurance contribution records system; and to what extent these have been achieved to date.
(64420)
132  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will state the whole time equivalent employment at each Contribution Agency site in the Tyne and Wear area at (a) 1st April 1996, (b) 1st April 1997 and (c) the most recent available date; and how many employees were over 60 years of age at each date.
(64419)
133  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if it is the present policy of the Contributions Agency to require its staff to retire at age 60 years.
(64415)
134  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much is planned to be spent up to 1st April 1999 on the online national insurance contribution records system; and how much has been planned for the next three year period.
(64417)
135  
N  
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has for legislation which will affect the employment rights of clergy.
(63711)
136  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library a copy of those provisions in agreements with corporate sponsors of zones in the Millennium Dome concerning (a) the content of the zone being sponsored and (b) the management of the zone being sponsored.
(64422)
137  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Church of England concerning the inclusion of armaments manufacturers amongst the corporate sponsors of the Millennium Dome; and what was the outcome of those discussions.
(64397)
138  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will list the zones in the Millennium Dome for which armaments manufacturers would not be considered to be appropriate sponsors.
(64395)
139  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make provision for critics of corporate sponsors of zones in the Millennium Dome to have an opportunity to reply to claims made by the sponsors in cases where the sponsors are engaged in (a) the food industry, (b) the motor industry and (c) armaments manufacturing.
(64396)
140  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the reports he has received from the IAEA concerning the (a) Al Tuwaitha, (b) Al Quan, (c) Al Jesira, (d) Akashot, (e) Al Qa Qaa, (f) Al Athaar, (g) Al Hadre, (h) Roshdiya and (j) Ash Sharqat plants in Iraq.
(62666)
141  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the reports he has received from the IAEA concerning the (a) Negev Nuclear Research Centre in Dimona, (b) Nahal Soreq, (c) Yodefar, (d) Klar Zokhayra, (e) Eilabin, (f) Haifa (Yelloweake) and (g) Rehovot (Heavy Water) plants in Israel.
(62667)
142  
N  
Mr Tam Dalyell (Linlithgow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what representations were made to the Minister of State during his visit to Dounreay on 18th November; and if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's position regarding the review of the policy of reprocessing spent nuclear fuels.
(62669)
143  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants are employed in his Department to assist in supporting and promoting exports of medical and pharmaceutical equipment; and at what cost.
(64463)
144  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many civil servants are employed in his Department to assist in supporting and promoting defence exports; and at what cost.
(64462)
145  
  
Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the impact on the construction industry of the rule that self-employed subcontractors in continual employment for 11 weeks must be regarded as employees.
(64461)
146  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will ask Internet service providers to control kids' chat lines to prevent paedophile messages being placed on them.
(64287)
147  
  
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to stop the Internet in the United Kingdom being used by paedophiles.
(64286)
148  
  
Mr Llew Smith (Blaenau Gwent):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what provision was made in the Local Government settlement for Wales to enable local authorities to meet their obligations in terms of the implementation of the single status agreement for their employees.
(64390)
149  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the Ministers with whom he has consulted regarding the proposal to nominate the Atlantic Frontier Continental Shelf as a world heritage site.
[Transferred] (64421)
150  
  
Mr Cynog Dafis (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if the Joint Nature Conservation Committee was consulted on the proposal to nominate the Atlantic Frontier Continental Shelf as a world heritage site.
[Transferred] (64412)
151  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will state the percentage of low birthweight live births in each English health authority area broken down by (a) single and (b) all live births for the last three years.
[Transferred] (64413)


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